Retired priest William Nolan, accused of sexual assault, was a witness in fellow priest’s case

FOX6 Now

May 27, 2018

By Suzanne Spencer

There is a twist in a sexual misconduct case against a Diocese of Madison retired priest.

Police say Fr. William Nolan sexually assaulted a former student and altar boy at St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Fort Atkinson.

“Is there any prior information the diocese had about him?” asked Peter Isely of SNAP — the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

Isely works with a network devoted to victims of abuse and remembers Nolan’s name — when the retired priest was a witness in a fellow priest’s case in 2005 involving Rev. Gerald Vosen. At the time, Vosen was trying to prove the man who accused him of sexual assault defamed him.

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